Preparing for Fire and Other Disasters

Preparing for Fire and Other Disasters

Sarah Han
Oct 15, 2008

We woke up early Monday morning thinking we smelled smoke in our apartment. We were probably smelling the smoke from Sunday's Angel Island fire, but to be sure, we checked around the house. After we were certain our building was not on fire, we returned to bed but tossed and turned for half an hour while contemplating what we would do and what we would save if there had been a fire.

Our number one concern is our cats (Aside, of course, from making sure our boyfriend is safe). It's important to have an evacuation plan that includes the pets, but what happens if you can't get them to evacuate with you? Being that our cats are skittish and not fond of being corralled and picked up, we fretted over the idea of trying to catch them, place them in a carrier, and get them out of the apartment in case of an emergency. The thought of leaving them behind is not something that we want to consider.

Coincidentally, the next morning, we found out that our mom, who lives in Porter Ranch in L.A. was in danger from the fires blazing in that area. Fortunately, for now, her home is safe. More importantly, she is too. Currently taking refuge at our brother's apartment in Silver Lake until the fire is contained, she had the time and foresight to leave her home with photos, documents, keepsakes, and supplies.

These events reminded us that disaster preparation is so important, since usually, these sorts of things do come up unexpectedly, with little to no time to act. We will definitely be planning a better evacuation plan for ourselves and our cats.

How and what have you planned for yourself and your loved ones, in case of a disaster?

For more information on how to plan for disasters, check the following Web sites:
Red Cross
Ready America
72 Hours
The Human Society of the United States for Citizens

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